By Robert Cormier
144 pp. Laurel Leaf.
Heroes is a touching, yet serious story about a young man named Francis Cassavant. As a soldier fighting in World War II he returns to his hometown with no nose, ears, teeth or cheeks. Although he can still hear and see, he seeks revenge on a man named Larry LaSalle. Once the man who influenced and inspired Francis, LaSalle rapes the woman that Francis loved dearly, Nicole. "Closing my eyes, I think of Nicole and how his homecoming during the war changed our lives forever" (Cormier 85). After Francis' confrontation, he questions his own heroism and the heroism of LaSalle.
Robert Cormier uses many interesting techniques, such as foreshadowing and flashbacks. Being a Cormier fan, I noticed the use of characterization that emphasized most of the story and I felt what the characters felt. I recommend this book to teenagers.